It was another weekend of tree debris cleanup for people around Rapid City. "I've probably got another 30 loads," said Justin Bates.
Cleanup sites opened last week, prompting people like Bates to drop off as much as possible. "It's been pretty crazy. After school, before school, as long as I can get it in," said Bates.
But the sites this weekend are looking a little different - about tens times different. The Civic Center overflow parking lot and Fairgrounds would have trucks waiting to dump and then barely any. "It's people who get here and try to hustle and then they go back and try to get their loads and while they're loading their stuff, there's no one here and then they all rush over here," said Bates.
While it seemed last weekend had a longer wait, with trucks bumper to bumper. "I think last Saturday was a lot busier because everyone was trying to start and everything knocked out in one day," said Bates.
Two out of the three Rapid City area tree debris drop-off sites are being closed Monday October 21 for curbside pick-up. The public will only be able to access the Fitzgerald Stadium site.
Some KOTA Territory talked to say the city needs to wait to close the sites because people need more time to get all their tree debris. "With the amount of trees out, there's still a lot of work be done and I think they should keep the sites open for another two weeks at least."
A company called Cereus will begin curbside pick-up next week and will be using the Fairgrounds and Civic Center overflow parking lots.